March 20, 2006

A Failure of Philanthropy?

Posted in data and reports at 4:15 am by Aditi Sriram

In a provocative piece, Stanford’s Rob Reich asks whether charitable giving—historically rooted in helping the poor and disadvantaged—is now effectively helping the rich get richer. Reich analyzes U.S. laws regulating philanthropic giving and nonprofit tax-exemption, and posits that present charitable tax deductions serve as a subsidy to wealthier donors, who benefit more from giving than the less affluent do. Are current philanthropy policies failing the neediest? Links: HTML, PDF (on Stanford Social Innovation Review).

February 11, 2006

Data and Reports: Pew Center Agenda for Climate Action; UK DEFRA Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change; AASHE Mailing List

Posted in data and reports at 10:58 am by cuenv-main

Two new publications and a mailing list:

  • The Pew Center on Global Climate Change released the first comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The Agenda for Climate Action identifies both broad and specific policies, combining recommendations on economy-wide mandatory emissions cuts, technology development, scientific research, energy supply, and adaptation with critical steps that can be taken in key sectors. The report is the culmination of a two-year effort that articulates a pragmatic course of action across all areas of the economy.
  • Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change gives an account of the most recent developments on critical thresholds and key vulnerabilities of the climate system, impacts on human and natural systems, emission pathways and technological options of meeting different stabilisation levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The book focuses on three crucial questions:
    1. For different levels of climate change, what are the key impacts, for different regions and sectors, and for the world as a whole?
    2. What would such levels of climate change imply in terms of greenhouse gas stabilisation concentrations and emission pathways required to achieve such levels?
    3. What technological options are there for achieving stabilisation of greenhouse gases at different stabilisation concentrations in the atmosphere, taking into account costs and uncertainties?
  • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education mailing list chronicles campus sustainability efforts in the US and Canada. It’s amazing to see what can be done with a little collaboration…